Whitney Houston dead at 48

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, has died. She was 48. Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unclear. At her […]

Local bands dream big

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Courtesy photo: Chamber of Commerce Will Banister and the Mulberry Band performed at the Clovis Music Festival in September. Alisa Boswell Musical talent is not a scarce thing in the Clovis and Portales areas. Many local musicians have the ambition to go all the way to stardom with their musical talents and considering the recent […]

California woman trekking across country on horse

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Linny Kenney, left, Walter Rowland and Kenney’s horse Sojourner take a break from their ride across the country on Curry Road 16 east of Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Linny Kenney of Los Angeles passed through Clovis on Wednesday on her horse ride across the country. Kenney, 29, said the trip from Los […]

North Plains Mall corporate owner reaches bankruptcy deal

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The nation’s second-largest shopping mall operator General Growth Properties Inc. said Wednesday it reached a deal with Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management Inc. that will speed its exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. General Growth is the corporate owner of North Plains Mall in Clovis. Speculation raged for weeks that […]

Takeover bid targets North Plains Mall parent company

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Simon Property Group, the nation’s largest shopping mall owner, made a $10 billion hostile bid Tuesday to acquire ailing rival General Growth Properties. General Growth is the corporate owner of North Plains Mall in Clovis. The acquisition would allow General Growth, the No. 2 owner of shopping centers, to […]

Lula Washington dance theatre celebrates its 30th in New Mexico tours to seven NM cities

Los Angeles, CA – September 17, 2009 – In honor of its 30th anniversary, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre is kicking off a 17-theatre national tour in New Mexico. Returning to the state for the first time in 10 years, the contemporary modern dance company will travel around New Mexico from October 15 to 30, […]

Pop star Michael Jackson dies

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MCT photo Entertainer Michael Jackson, shown at his trial in Santa Maria, Calif., in 2004, died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 50. By Ben Wener: Freedom Communications Michael Jackson, the iconic entertainer known the world over as the King of Pop, has died. He was 50. Jackson was rushed to Ronald Reagan […]

First Person: Dancer teaches at former home

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cricket Hamar Keller dances several kinds of dance, including ballet. Cricket Hamar Keller is a dancer who graduated from the University of California Las Angeles in May. After graduation, Keller, 29, didn’t miss a beat in her rounds of teaching at Los Angeles dance studios and making a trip home […]

Baskett engaged to ‘Girl Next Door’

Staff and wire reports LOS ANGELES — One of Hugh Hefner’s live-in girlfriends is trading the grotto for the gridiron. The Playboy mogul said in a statement Thursday that “The Girls Next Door” co-star Kendra Wilkinson is engaged to Philadelphia Eagles receiver and Clovis High graduate Hank Baskett. The 23-year-old model-actress has lived with Hefner […]

Dodgers’ executive has Portales ties

Jill Bukowski e-mails to report a former Portales High School student is working for the Los Angeles Dodgers as assistant general manager of scouting. Here’s a bio on Logan White, from a Dodgers’ Web site: http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/community/executives/white.html Google searches reveal White’s first draft selection as a scouting director was Dodgers’ first baseman James Loney, who today […]

Strong quake shakes Southern California

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A strong earthquake shook Southern California on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway and triggering some precautionary evacuations. No immediate damage was reported. The jolt was felt from Los Angeles to San Diego, and slightly in Las Vegas. Preliminary information from the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the quake at magnitude […]

First Amendment protects artists as well as media

By Freedom New Mexico Journalists get passionate about the First Amendment, mainly because it helps shield the press against those who attempt to silence it. Because such attacks are becoming more frequent, thanks in large part to the Bush administration, most news coverage of the First Amendment revolves around the media. But the First Amendment […]

Helping heroin addicts a moral imperative

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist If we came up with a sure cure for lung cancer, we wouldn’t withhold it because it might encourage people to smoke. But something about heroin addiction tends to cloud our thinking on public health policy. On this subject, though, Los Angeles is currently enjoying a moment of sunny clarity. […]

Admiring the sky is easier in New Mexico

Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist Just as my friend in New Mexico would tell me to look at the moon from my California yard some 2,000 miles away because we’d be seeing the very same moon, I have to remind myself it’s also the same sky. But it’s really not. First off, the sky in New […]

In the news: State not taking care of kids

By Ned Cantwell: Syndicated Columnist News from Albuquerque: New Mexico Voices for Children released survey data compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Before you digest this information, understand this is a prestigious foundation. It’s the real deal. Here is what the foundation’s 2006 Kids Count findings have to say about New Mexico: New Mexico […]

Mendoza, Raymond R.

Raymond R. Mendoza, 82, of Cambridge, N.Y., and formerly of Clovis, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, in Troy, N.Y. Born Jan. 22, 1924, in Los Angeles to Sidney Mendoza and Lupe Contreras-Pascutti, he married Mary Casillas on June 22, 1948. He retired from the trucking business in Los Angeles. He lived part of the year […]

Greenwalt may be playing in Los Angeles

CNJ staff It’s been a whirlwind few days for Clovis native Cisti Greenwalt. Thursday, she scored four points in an exhibition game for the Sacramento Monarchs of the WNBA. Greenwalt, a post who led Clovis to state titles in 1999 and 2000, was cut as the Monarchs had an abundance of players at her position. […]

It’s a wrap for feature film shot in Clovis

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer After over a month of filming in eastern and central New Mexico, the “Believe in Me” cast and crew are calling it a wrap and heading back home. James Carter, director of cinematography for the movie, said the next stage of production could take many months to complete, and […]

Clovis native headed to Comedy Central station

By Helena Rodriguez A former Clovis man is laughing his way to success, all the way up to Comedy Central TV network’s “Premium Blend” show. Jason Holman, a former Clovis Community College student and graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, is slated to take his 12-minute standup comedy act in front of the Comedy Central […]

Amidst all the change, there is a constant

Judy Brandon When I was 8 years old, our family vacationed in California where we visited relatives. We were eager to see our cousins but really more excited about the new attraction in Los Angeles: Disneyland. We struck out early one June morning from New Mexico in our 1956 blue Ford Fairlane en route to […]